Whether you ride one of our epic routes or simply venture out for an overnighter, a bikepacking adventure in the deep woods of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains provides the perfect change of pace from everyday life. Expect challenging climbs, varied terrain, and a soul-cleansing reset! We've provided links below to some of our favorite bikepacking routes. We can also help with custom itineraries, lodging recommendations, luggage transport and more. Contact us if there's anything we can do to help!
Bikepacking at its best! Take a journey through the deep woods and beautiful backroads of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains on a bikepacking route like no other: THREE RIVERS WAY! Named for the three rivers that define this gorgeous landscape - the Ocoee, Hiwassee & Tellico - Three Rivers Way is truly a bucket-list bikepacking adventure. With two distances to choose from, you'll discover a carefully crafted course designed to maximize your experience both on and off the bike. Ride it solo or join us for the annual Grand Depart. Either way, you'll find breathtaking views and stunning scenery on this adventure of a lifetime! Click here for all the details!
A legendary race repurposed! The DIRTY 130 is undoubtedly one of the hardest one-day races in the country, but it's also a beautiful bike route that can be enjoyed as a multi-day bikepacking trip! Covering 130 miles of forest roads, singletrack and asphalt through the mountains of Southeast Tennessee and Southwest North Carolina (80% unpaved/20% paved), the Dirty 130 is not to be taken lightly even as a multi-day adventure. And be warned - you will get dirty!Click here for all the details!
Top recommendations from seasoned bikepackers for what to bring and how best to prepare for a bikepacking adventure!
Buy brand new cycling shoes and wear at work for 2 months before cycling with them. Buy shoe 1/2 size big. Wear two socks, strip a sock if you feet swell. Don't set a goal to finish, set a goal to start. You are winning at life if you make the startline. Finishing is silly until you do, and it's still just a bonus. - Carmen Kruger
Make plans for reference only, plans usually can never be kept. Learn how to adjust your situations to your references. - Scotty Hilgenfeldt
Make sure you have enough food and water to get you past your next planned resupply. If the going gets tough or something breaks, you don’t want to run out. - Jacob Spath
Start with short, single overnight trips to make sure your 'kit' is complete and functional. Eventually increase the hours on the saddle and number of nights on the route. Can’t emphasize enough... learn how to navigate using multiple methods including a paper map if necessary. I see far too many rely only on their phones for navigation. Bad practice. - Jerry Metz
My favorite word: "pace." Ride your pace. And don't buy every new thing that comes along. You will have a room full of stuff that is no better than what you had. And listen to the old timers. They have been through it. It will make your transition into bikepacking so much easier. - Ray Egan
Extra pairs of socks. If it weren’t for stumbling upon a DG on the route, I would have had to tap out due to jungle rot. I bought 2 pairs of high quality Mossy Oak knee-high’s to get me through. Had to bury a pair of my favorite socks along the way. - Lee Neal
Slow and Low that is the tempo. - Kevin Porter
Doing overnights by yourself beforehand I think is key to getting comfortable being in the woods at night alone! - Audrey Tangye
If you’re going for speed or just have time constraints...know where things are packed. Think through the things you might need to get to most or most quickly, and pack them near the zipper (i.e. don’t pack your rain jacket in the deepest point of your seat bag, behind a bunch of other things you might want to stay dry! When you have to dig for it in a monsoon in Florida, things don’t work out well. I know.) But we all learn something on every trip, by errors we make. Another tip...it’s not a bad idea to have some water tabs stashed away, even when using a filter...filters disappear from your feed bag. I know this, too. - Eric Henderson
- 1) Ride the bike you intend to ride on the route/race a bunch, and then loaded as if you’re bikepacking.
- 2) Study resupply and water... call stores and figure out hours etc. but always carry a little extra just in case.
- 3) 5-hr energy is your friend until you’re having conversations with Kimsey Mtn... in which case, enjoy the ride and embrace the moment! - Chris Joice
It's very simple!!! Drink whiskey and it will be OK! - Ski-ji Pedald
Experienced a glitch in the Matrix while riding one night. I rounded a turn and jumped two skunks in the middle of the gravel road. I gave them plenty of room and let them run ahead of me for a while. About one mile later, identical pair of skunks, identical turn, identical running pattern. The Simulation program is real. - Lee Neal
I hit Sylco around 10 pm after about 16 hrs on the bike and lost the trail midway through. I stopped to get my bearings and figure out where to go and heard boars rutting and grunting. I walked through a field about a 100 yds before my garmin said I was off the trail. Walked back to my start and reoriented and headed a different direction. Eventually found the log with the cut out and hit the trail. All while about 10 boars were running around and screaming at me. I hammered it to the end of the trail and then laid in the gravel while I had a mild anxiety attack before I got up and realized I had to keep moving. I rode to the baseball fields before Benton before I crashed for a couple of hours. I headed out around 4 am and hit Kimsey around noon. I made a couple of wrong turns but eventually found my way. I remember swerving side to side trying to stay awake in the hot sun. I almost ran over a snake and that woke me up a little. Then I started talking to Paula Dean. She told me the Chinese say “hi-yah” every time they cut something. So she kept saying "hi-yah" and then would say “isn’t that fun to say y’all...hi-yah” eventually I reached the top and turned left and sat down to gather myself in the shade. I had no food and little water left but knew I was close to the finish. The Kimsey climb after all that is a place of reckoning. It will test you for sure. Most amazing life experience I’ve ever had. Thank you for pushing the limits with your routes. I can’t wait to come back. - Stewart Miller
In 2019 I finished the Vista route and after a few beers was convinced to float the Hiwassee River in a tube under a full moon. It was great, but I’m from Iowa and thought I was going to smash my head on a rock! - Jacob Spath
When someone from Florida visits and they've never ridden in the mountains and they ask, "Am I going to get altitude sickness? I keep hearing about all these elevation changes." - John Pickron
Sleep deprivation and hallucinations are real! When I did Vista in 2018 as I closed in on the finish with severe sleep deprivation, all the trees blowing in the breeze became whatever my mind imagined then to be! It was freaky! - Audrey Tangye
School bus, bears, kids with axes, and junk yard dogs. So much fun. - Michael Rasch II